NTSB Identification: CEN16LA291
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in David City, NE
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT602, registration: N2033N
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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On July 28, 2016, about 1530 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N2033N, impacted a corn field 3 miles northeast of David City, Nebraska. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Rayne Aviation, LLC, and operated by Emrich Aerial Spraying, LLC, both of Dorchester, Nebraska, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who was on-scene, the airplane had been spraying Headline® Fungicide (pyraclostrobin – a Group 11 fungicide). The airplane struck the ground in a wings-level, nose-down attitude in a corn field about 200 feet north of County Road 38 and west of County Road O intersection. There was no fire. The airplane was equipped with an inflatable restraint system and it had deployed. Flight Control continuity was confirmed to extent possible due to wreckage condition. The flap actuator was found in the fully extended position (~30 degrees deflection). According to the pilot's co-worker (and an Air Tractor pilot himself), agricultural pilots often make turns with flaps extended because of greater stability. Asked if the accident pilot reversed course by turning 45 degrees to the right, followed by a 180-degree turn to the left and another 135-degree turn to the left, he replied that the pilot was known to pull up and execute a wing-over maneuver instead.
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DAVID CITY -- A 37-year-old Dorchester man died Thursday afternoon in the crash of a spray plane 3 miles northeast of David City.
Ragnar Emrich was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m., said Julie Reiter, the Butler County attorney.
Emrich was piloting the Emrich Aerial Spraying plane when it crashed in a cornfield about 70 yards north of County Road 38 and west of the County Road O intersection. A line of trees bordered the east-west road south of the crash site.
The crash was reported by a person who was in the area at about 3:20 p.m.
David City Fire and Rescue personnel made their way to the crash site with an ambulance, but soon moved the vehicle back to the road.
The site was restricted because of the presence of chemicals still in the plane.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Butler County Attorney’s Office were investigating the crash.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were making their way to the scene.
DAVID CITY — A 37-year-old Dorchester man was killed Thursday when the crop duster he was flying crashed in rural Butler County.
Ragnar Emrich was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported around 3:20 p.m. when the plane was spotted in a cornfield about 3 miles northeast of David City, near the intersection of county roads O and 38.
According to online information, Emrich operated his own business, Emrich Aerial Spraying based in Dorchester.
Butler County Attorney Julie Reiter said County Road 38 was closed between roads N and O while officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board made their way to the site.
The Butler County Sheriff's and Attorney's offices are also part of the investigation. David City Fire and Rescue responded to the crash, which was reported by a person in the area.
Access to the area was restricted following the initial response because of the presence of agricultural chemicals still inside the plane.